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Video: @BittaBlood - "Best Friend" (#teamLegion)

Video: Bitta Blood - "Best Friend"

#TL: Hip Hop and Dancehall Reggae artist Bitta Blood has a story to tell with his latest releases "Best Friend." Fresh off the release of "We Run This" REMIX featuring Troy Ave, Bitta Blood tells us that revenge is sweeter when served cold! Take a listen to Bitta Blood's thought provoking single "Best Friend!" "Best Friend" and "We Run This" are both featured on Bitta Blood's soon to be released "No Mercy" E.P.

Audio: Chuck N Lock - "Just Dessert" (@IStillLoveHER @ChuckNLock)

Audio: Chuck N Lock - "Just Dessert"

Wanja: Let's Eat.. Just Desserts is short and sweet just like you'd imagine.. the fourth tape out the camp featuring original production from Happy Campers, Jethro Backswamp and Brillo Beats, and boasting a feature from the living legend, Skyzoo. Chuck N Lock's descriptive wordplay dances over the drum breaks and slow cooked samples. Barnøne. Just Desserts, for those with a sweet tooth. It's been let loose on the internet available where you are!

Video: The Outlawz @Facemob - "Born Sinners" (@PRDean)

Video: The Outlawz f/ Scarface - "Born Sinners"

Dean: Off the lastest album #LastOnezLeft.

.@SoloForDolo "Last Call For Apathy" Promo Video

Solo For Dolo "Last Call For Apathy" Promo Video

Parkview: Solo For Dolo leaks another joint off "Last Call For Apathy" with a album promo / lyric video for "Return of... The Return of" aka the introduction to the new project.

You can Pre-Order the album on Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Rich Homie Quan, Kap G + Project Pat Added to @A3C Festival

Rich Homie Quan, Kap G + Project Pat Added to A3C Festival

A3C: Fool’s Gold DAY OFF is taking over the A3C Festival all day on Sat, Oct 7th on the outdoor stage at the Georgia Freight Depot.

Hometown heroes Rich Homie Quan and Kap G, Boston’s Michael Christmas and Memphis legend Project Pat join the lineup of A-Trak, DJ Drama & Don Cannon, Zaytoven, Smino, Kodie Shane, Maxo Kream, Wifisfuneral, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, ManMan Savage, Nick Catchdubs, Kittens, Madeaux and special guests.
Blu and Exile Announce In The Beginning: Before The Heavens (@HerFavColor)

Blu and Exile Announce In The Beginning: Before The Heavens, a Prequel to Their 2007 Underground Classic, Releasing October 20th

A.T.: Mass Appeal Premieres New Single "Constellations" as the Duo Prepares to Commence the Second Leg of Their 42-Date Headlining Below The Heavens: 10 Year Anniversary Tour

The Announcement:

With his fluid, incisive rhyming style and his intellectual lyrics, L.A. rapper Blu found his ideal aesthetic match in the dusty, soulful beats of crate-digging producer/DJ Exile. Ten years ago, Blu and Exile released Below The Heavens, a contemplative, confident, and wistful masterpiece beloved by critics and embraced by the West Coast underground as an instant classic. Today, Blu and Exile proudly announce In The Beginning: Before The Heavens, a follow-up and companion piece to the classic record. Comprised of unreleased tracks from the original Below The Heavens sessions, In The Beginning captures the same ineffable energy of the original record. Today, the duo shares "Constellations," an organ-driven boom-bap banger premiered by Mass Appeal, featuring some of Blu's best bars of the project: "I'm showin you an older Blu in hopes that you embrace it/like a soldier do with gauges/Motor you through pages that I wrote for you/Laid it in the vocal booth/Press it up and sold it to the places that you go into." With appearances from Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Donel Smokes, Blame One, and others, In The Beginning: Before The Heavens, coming October 20th via Dirty Science/Fat Beats, proves that the Below The Heavens style feels just as fresh in 2017 as it did in 2007.

"We planted the seeds of creativity and grew about 40 plants," Exile says of the release. "We picked the ones that we thought were the best for an album, but that didn't mean that the other flowers weren't beautiful. I'm super happy to re-release [In The Beginning] to people and have it actually get some attention that it definitely deserves. It's amazing."

A former high school basketball star raised by a pastor father who hated rap music, Blu is an idiosyncratic and emotional rapper with a maverick sense of self-determinism. A well-respected producer in the L.A. underground, Orange County native Exile produced tracks for the likes of Mobb Deep, Kardinal Offishal, Jurassic 5, and others before teaming up with Blu for their fruitful partnership. Released in Summer 2007, Below The Heavens received rave reviews from tastemakers and appeared on many year-end best-of lists. The momentum from Below The Heavens led to Blu's signing to Warner Bros. Records, and propelled the young rapper onto the 2009 XXL Freshman List alongside B.o.B, Kid Cudi, and Wale. In 2012, Blu and Exile reunited for Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, expanding the palette of Below The Heavens and showcasing Blu's multi-syllabic dexterity. Separately, the duo continued to make music, with Blu releasing countless mixtapes, most notably York, which received an 8.1 from Pitchfork, and collaborated with the likes of Madlib and Nottz. Exile remains an in-demand producer in the West Coast scene, forming Emanon, a duo with Aloe Blacc, and producing records for rappers such as Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, Fashawn, and Pharaohe Monch.

In addition to the new album, Blu and Exile announce the extension of the Below The Heavens 10 Year Anniversary Tour, which finishes its West Coast leg in Seattle on September 13th. Embarking on September 26th at Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, the 10 Year Anniversary Tour continues for 29 headlining dates spanning from Salt Lake City to Miami. Featuring support from L.A. underground stalwarts Dag Savage, Choosey, Cashus King (fka Co$$), and Pistol McFly, tickets for the tour are on sale now.

Pre-order In The Beginning: Before The Heavens:

Pre-order a physical copy of In The Beginning: Before The Heavens:

Listen to "Constellations":

Check out the premiere of "Constellations" on Mass Appeal:

Buy tickets for the Below The Heavens 10 Year Anniversary Tour:

The Background:

In 2007, the same year that Kanye vs. 50 Cent in an album sales battle dominated headlines in the mainstream, Blu and Exile were carving their own path with an instant classic. The rapper and DJ/producer duo released Below the Heavens: In Hell Happy With Your New Imaginary Friend on July 17. Featuring soul-infused production with the raw vulnerability of Blu's rhymes, the album began to receive rave reviews by hip-hop tastemakers and underground enthusiasts. In a review penned by 2DopeBoys' Shake for HipHopDX, he gave it a 4/5 and noted that Blu is an "an extremely talented lyricist; clever rhymes, technically sound, intensely personal and witty." Below the Heavens impacted everyone in some way, as it would later end up on many critics' year-end lists from all over the internet.

2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of Below the Heavens. One of the interesting tidbits about the album is Blu and Exile made over 40 songs, with only 15 of them making the final cut. Now, the duo is reuniting for their third release, In the Beginning: Before the Heavens, a collection of the best tracks from the original sessions. "I'm super happy to re-release it to people and have it actually get some attention that it definitely deserves," Exile says. "It's amazing."


Pre-order In The Beginning: Before The Heavens:

Below The Heavens 10 Year Anniversary Tour:

Below The Heavens:

Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them:
Audio: Nomis - "Agape" (@NomisHipHop @sohhPR)

Audio: Nomis - "Agape"

Josh: As a result of our upbringing, our appearance, and our perspectives, we all face obstacles that others can't fully understand. This is what makes our experiences unique. "AGAPE" is a public petition for compassion towards those experiencing the trial that we just cant seem to relate to.

Video: @Shamir - "90's Kids"

Video: Shamir - "90's Kids"


Video: @ReachRecords Releases Episode 3 Of The Vault

Video: Reach Records Releases Episode 3 Of The Vault

K.J.: Today Reach Records releases the next installment of The Vault, an original video series highlighting popular music videos from Reach’s extensive catalogue. Complete with fun facts, trivia, and behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the video, Episode 3 features “Manolo” by Trip Lee.

PR: @PostMalone Welcomes Smokepurpp to the "Stoney Tour" This Fall

PR: Post Malone Welcomes Smokepurpp to the "Stoney Tour" This Fall

RM: NEW YORK, NY - Multiplatinum chart-topping Dallas, TX artist Post Malone is just full of surprises!

As if his Stoney Tour couldn't get any hotter, he now welcomes Smokepurrp along for the ride as support. This promises to be his biggest, boldest, and best North American tour to date, which kicked off in Boston at the House of Blues last night tonight.

Check out the full itinerary below.

Post's debut album, the 2016 powerhouse RIAA Certified Platinum debut Stoney, has remained a TOP 10 STREAMING ALBUM for 38 consecutive weeks since its December 2016 release and has made Post Malone the MOST STREAMED NEW ARTIST with over 3 Billion Streams globally. Tracks include his first Hot 100 Top 10 entry "Congratulations" [feat. Quavo] (5x-platinum), the breakout "White Iverson" (4x-platinum), "Go Flex" (platinum), and "Too Young" (platinum). Moreover, the multiplatinum Dallas maverick continues to consistently hold down a spot in the Billboard Top 200.


September 13 - Ottawa, Canada - City Folk Festival
September 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
September 16 - Washington D.C. - The Fillmore
September 19 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
September 20 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
September 21 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
September 24 - St. Louis, MO – Pop's
September 25 - Kansas City, KS - Uptown Theater
September 26 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
September 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
September 29 - Portland, OR - Roseland
September 30 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
October 03 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
October 04 - San Diego, CA - Observatory
October 05 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
October 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
October 10 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey
October 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
October 14 - Mexico - Elusion Festival
October 17 - Miami, FL - Revolution
October 18 - Orlando, FL - Venue 578
October 22 - Nashville, TV - Marathon Music Works
October 24 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
October 25 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
October 26 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
October 29 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
October 31 - Atlanta, GA - Centerstage

Stoney (Deluxe):
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